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Competition: Macro

Our final competition took place on Wednesday 17th March and had a set theme of Macro. For the Club League (beginners & intermediate) all aspects of close-up photography were allowed, whereas the rules were more strict for the Advanced League in that images should be as close to true macro 1:1 magnification as possible, whether achieved with a macro lens or by cropping in post production.

Our judge was long time friend of the club Paul King CPAGB from North Fylde Photographic Society, who gave some excellent tips and critique throughout the evening though was arguably lenient in allowing a photograph of the Moon to be classed as “macro” 😆.

We kicked off with Club colour, where four members were awarded 18 points: Cathy Cath with Butterfly on Buddleja; Kim Rigg with Pollen Laden Hellebore; Martin Rowe with A Busy Bee and Phil Drayton with Garden Bumble Bee. No second place was awarded, which left our 20 point winner Phil Drayton with his tack sharp image of a Fly – congratulations Phil!

Next was Advanced colour, with 3rd place and 18 points being shared by: Dylan Reynolds with Hugs; Jeff Bagnall with both HD TV Pixels & Cellar Spider with Egg Sack; Russell Milner with Helvellyn and Simon Raven with Zipped. Second place and 19 points was shared between Simon Raven with Only A Tenner and Dave Nelson with both Flamenco Dancer & Looking At A Peacock’s Eye. Congratulations to our well deserved 20 point winner Dylan Reynolds with his impressive 4th Instar Comatus Jumping Spider.

Following a short break, the competition continued with the Club Monochrome section where 3rd place and 18 points was awarded to Phil Drayton with Tree Bumble Bee. Second place and 19 points was shared between Cathy Cash with Woodlouse and Martin Rowe with Watch Detail. Big congratulations to Martin who also scooped the winning 20 points with Oak Leaf!

Last but not least was Advanced monochrome, with 3rd place and 18 points being shared between Maureen Smith with Veins and Simon Raven with Just A Drop. Second place and 19 points was awarded to Jeff Bagnall with Polymer £20 Note, and a huge well done to Jeff who was also our winner with 20 points for his beautifully detailed Fob Watch.

Next Wednesday we are treated to a Zoom evening with Roy Carr, whose talk is entitled ‘From very near, to not so far’. Club members are reminded that the deadline for entries into the Club’s Annual PDI competition is this Sunday, March 21st and to please submit your images on time and sized correctly.

Guest Speaker: Macro & Jumping Spiders

On Wednesday 7th October the Club spent a captivating Zoom evening with guest speaker Stewart Wood who shared his passion for macro photography, in particular Jumping spiders.

I admit I’d never heard of Jumping spiders and was expecting something enormous and scary like a Tarantula, but most were only a few millimetres in size and, as an arachnophobe I can’t believe I’m going to say this, they were really quite cute!


As well as being treated to Stewart’s amazing close up images, he also talked us through his macro technique covering everything from lenses, to lighting, to post processing and even discussed keeping Jumping spiders as pets. Our thanks to Stewart for a really informative night and we look forward to his talk on water droplet photography in the future.

Our next Zoom meeting is in the company of Club member Amy Bateman, who shares her life of ‘Farming & Photography’. Amy is a multi-award winning and exhibited photographer, British Life Photographer of the Year 2019 and is a current Sony Alpha Creator. I hope you can all join us via Zoom for what promises to be an intimate and evocative view of life on a Cumbrian upland farm.

We welcome new members or if you’d like to be a guest just for the evening you will find details on our membership page.